dallas stars Another day to play hockey won, as Joe Pavelski hit the overtime winner on the power play to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4, 3–2.
Facing a potential sweep on home ice and a third overtime game of this series, the Stars responded exactly the way the home crowd wanted to see as the Stars were given a power play just minutes into the overtime period.
golden nights Goaltender Adin Hill somehow managed to save a grade-A chance from Roop Hintze, but the Stars were able to recover the puck in the zone and sent it back over Miro Hiskanen.
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That’s when he slid it over to Pavelski, who hit a one-timer over Hill’s left shoulder and the Dallas crowd went ballistic.
With the goal, Pavelski sent the series back to Vegas for Game 5, where the Golden Knights still had an opportunity to reach Stanley Cup Finals Their first came in their inaugural season – the second time in franchise history.
Dallas would not have been in this position, however, without the play of their young star, Jason Robertson.
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Vegas’ William Carlson found the back of the net first in the game after Reilly Smith found him on a cross-ice feed in the Stars’ zone. But the Stars weren’t leaving the first period without an answer.
It ended with Robertson finding his fifth goal of the playoffs on the power play, assisted by Heiskanen and Hintze. Robertson managed to get a rare triple-tip in front of the net, as he tossed the puck around Hill and managed to bat into the twine to tie the game.
But it wouldn’t be Robertson’s last goal for the Stars in this elimination game either.
After Jonathan Marchesault got the lead back for Vegas at 10:23 of the second period, Robertson once again got a puck off the end board and got his stick in front of Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez past goaltender . Aiden Hill wide of his crease.
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Robertson backhanded it into the net and the second period ended with the scoreboard deadlocked at two goals each.
The third period saw plenty of good chances for both squads, but neither could find the back of the net, especially in the final two minutes when things on the ice became extremely questionable.
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Game 5 of the series will see the puck drop at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday in Las Vegas.